Private service price for 2012-2013:
Nº of People Price per person $USA
2 people $120 each person ( US$10 off with ISIC Card )
3 people $90 each person ( US$10 off with ISIC Card )
4 -5 people $80 each person ( US$10 off with ISIC Card )
Private Service info: The price of ou (private) service (depends very much on the number of people in your group (more people, less price).In this service NO other people you don't know/want will be part of your group unlike the in which you can be a part of a group of up to 16 people from different countries, ages, gender, level of fitness, etc, etc.Private service is generally recommended for families traveling with children, honeymooners, older people, group of friends, etc, etc
What are the benefits of doing a private tour?- One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available…You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask a South Adventure Peru Tours Rep how you can arrange your own private tour.
A brief history about Maras Moray and Salt Mines.- Maras and Moray are located on the northwest of Cusco, just 1 hour driving through Andean villages as Chinchero and the picturesque town of Maras. This colonial town preserves mansions and pretty church surrounded by typical and rustic buildings where the local’s live dedicated to the agriculture. One of the main attraction next of Moray is located gigantic natural holes in the surface of the land that were used to construct in their contours agricultural terraces or platforms with their respective channels of irrigation, is because a prototype of conservatory or biological experimental station enough outpost for his time that helped to that the American man of the antiquity inherited to the humanity a 60% of the vegetal products that consumes, that the Andean man consumes a thousand and average of diverse varieties of Popes, hundred and means of maize, and very many other products produced till today by local farmers. This amphitheater of Moray also is known as agricultural laboratory, made up of four circular terraces that seem to disappear within the highlands, by way of an artificial crater.
Apparently, the place was an Inca agricultural research center devoted to crop experimentation over different altitudinal levels of their land (some more than 100m deep). The terraces were built on retaining walls filled with fertile soil and watered by complex irrigation systems, allowed to grow more than 250 plant species. Through the use of concentric terraces and because the temperatures at each level are different from each other, have played all ecological zones covering the rule of the Inca empire.
Incan agricultural terraces at Moray, These consist of several terraced circular depressions that are believed to have been used to study the effects of different climactic conditions on crops. The depth of the pits (the largest is about 30 m deep) creates a temperature gradient of as much as 15° C between the top and the bottom.Other interesting place to visit is “salt mines”, also is called Salinas de Maras were was the largest salt mines in the region to be operated from the Incas and the colonial period, where they were the first salt-producing center in the southern part of the saw.There are salt mines whose exploitation is as old as the Inca Empire. Resident’s saline water channeled emanating from the floor of a spring called "Qori Puquio" - into pools in which, by the effects of the sun, evaporates leaving salt on the surface which is then processed and sold in local market.
In Salinas de Maras are constituted by about 3000 small wells with an area average of about 5ms², during the time of drought they fill every 3 days with salt water that emanates from natural spring located on the superior part of wells so that when evaporating the water, the salt contained in this one is solidified gradually. Later the salt is struck and thus granulated; the salt later will be pocketed in plastic bags and shipment to the markets of the region; today that salt is being iodized reason for which, its consumption is not harmful.
South Adventure Peru Tours.- invite you to visit these spectacular places located on the left bank of Urubamba River.
Moray Agricultural Laboratory – Maras and Salt Mines Tour Itinerary: The tour to Moray agricultural laboratory and to Salineras de Maras can be departing at 8am or 12pm from your hotel located in Cusco or in the sacred valley of the Incas..The tour runs with private van and English-speaking tour guide. Along the way to get there we will stop at Chinchero archaeological site and the Andean market in town…….After one driving firstly we arrive to Maras’s town located on the head of Moray and Maras salt mine. Short downhill walk to get into the amphitheater where the tour guide will explain more about this spectacular Inca site….The next place to visit will be Las salineras of Maras, walking into the salt water wells to see how the local’s show us the process to get the salt using artesian system…After 6 hours of full guided tour we return to your hotel and ends of the tour.
Our PRIVATE TOUR Includes:
- Private transport from & to Cusco
- English-speaking tour guide
- Entrance to each archaeological site according this tour itinerary
- Snack for every one due that there are NOT restaurant around these areas.
- Soft walking tour under request (Private VIP Service only)
- Tour price includes the government sales tax (19% as known IGV)
- South Adventure Peru Tours gift (Private VIP Service only)
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle
Our PRIVATE TOUR Not Included:
- Alcoholic drinks & Breakfast or lunch
- Tips for guide and camp staff
- Hotel in Cusco or in the sacred valley of the Incas
- Sun glasses &Binoculares
What you need to Bring/Carry:
- Small backpack & Hiking boots or tennis shoes are welcome
- Bottle of wáter / Flashlight and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Insect repellent & Rain gear is necessary only during the raining season (November - April)
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Sunglasses & Extra money (soles)
Recommendation: If this is your first going to the Andes or High Mountains, we recommend getting information about the Altitude Sickness, see below some websites recommend by High Mountain doctors and scientist from over the world ISMM – International Society For Mountain Medicine http://www.ismmed.org/np_altitude_tutorial.htm#AMS MEDEX – Medical Expeditionshttp://medex.org.uk/
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